Don’t put veggie straw between your toes, don’t pull my hair, don’t, don’t, don’t. I say the word don’t a thousand times a day and it comes out before I can even think through the phrase. You would think after years of watching Owen put food in between his toes it would no longer shock me but every single time he does it I’m shocked, still. And you would think I would be able to come up with a better word. “Don’t” is a negative and I wish I would lead with a positive or rephrase it but that takes a lot of brainpower that I’m too tired to think about. We listened to Christmas music and he talked about Santa. He’s making more connections to words and wanted to read the captions under the videos. I am showing him the containers of food he likes so he can see the words. For years I tried to not let him see what the containers looked like because he would associate the food with the box and with his sensory issues I wanted to be able to give him multiple brands and use them at different times. He can quickly tell the difference between one brand of chicken nuggets versus another. Even something like the temperature or texture of food can immediately cause Owen to not like it so we work through foods at numerous temperatures and add different textures together so he can feel how it all works together. He prefers crunchy foods best but he’s learning to like more. I’m learning and growing too. Every day I tell Owen he can accomplish anything he sets his mind to. Find your passion, be inspired by the world around you, and make today matter. Smiles to all and donut daze!
I'm Lynn Browder. Owen's Mommy. The best moments in time are when I get to see the smile on his face and that giggle come from his heart.